Transfer talk :Chelsea now the favourite to land World Cup star Golovin

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow.

The playmaker starred in a magical World Cup for hosts Russia, scoring one goal and claiming two assists as the home nation surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals, missing out on a semi-final place by losing a penalty shootout to Croatia. Golovin was the Russia talisman and was expected to make a move to one of Europe's big leagues when the tournament ended. The 22-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, Juventus and Monaco as well as Chelsea, but it looks as if the Blues are in pole position for his signature. CSKA Moscow president denies Chelsea have completed a deal for Aleksandr Golovin CSKA president Yevgeny Giner said on Tuesday that no agreement was in place with the Stamford Bridge side, but that a deal was set to be completed in the coming days. He said: "In order not to ruin Sasha, we must let him go. But we have no solution for today. When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly. Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco and made a proposal for Golovin. Aleksandr Golovin scoring for Russia (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) "Chelsea? We have no secret agreement with them. The question of his transition to another club will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days." Maurizio Sarri is the new head coach at Chelsea, taking over from Antonio Conte at the weekend, and he has already seen Jorginho come to the club. But during his first press conference yesterday he hinted at a move for Golovin when admitting that the central midfield area was not up to scratch. When asked about transfers, he said: "I cannot name names, because I don’t know. I spoke with the club and ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre midfielders for a certain type of play. "At the end of the transfers I will understand which type of game is the most suitable. I cannot change 20 players, I must adapt and then I will see if we change some thing in my game. Because of their characteristics. "

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